Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CP pushes North Main Line upgrades

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Canadian Pacific announced Wednesday that it has completed the first year of infrastructure improvements under a three-year plan to upgrade its North Main Line between Winnipeg and Edmonton.

cpˍlogoˍ2009.jpgThe $250 million program spans 850 miles in three provinces and is designed to increase capacity and service reliability for agricultural, fertilizer, and energy producers.

“The investment provides flexibility and alternative route options with operating speeds equivalent to its southern Canadian route,” said CP Executive Vice-President Operations Mike Franczak. “Not only will the North Main upgrade increase capacity and raise train speed, it will offer a more direct route for some bulk and intermodal traffic.”

The North Main Line infrastructure enhancement program includes rail and tie upgrades; new and extended sidings, which will allow for a larger number of long trains; and public crossing upgrades. In addition, CP will upgrade yards in Saskatchewan, including its Bredenbury yard, which is benefiting from increased staging capacity.

“About two-thirds of Saskatchewan’s provincial GDP is derived from exports,” Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan's Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, said. “With Saskatchewan once again forecasted to lead the nation in economic growth, CP’s enhancement to main line capacity will positively impact our province’s competitiveness in a global marketplace.”

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